#10 Illini Travel to #1 Penn State, Michigan State
Jan. 23, 2014
Illinois Probable Starters
Rankings are listed in W.I.N., Intermat
Illinois and Michigan State have met 60 times since 1946, with the Spartans leading the series 40-17-3. The Illini have won eight of the last 10 matchups, including a 26-13 victory on Jan. 22, 2012.
Tony Dallago has reentered the rankings at 174 pounds after two straight wins, including an overtime decision against #16 Mark Martin of Ohio State. Dallago is 2-1 against ranked opponents this season, and holds a 13-4 overall record.
The Illini are ranked in every weight class but two, with Jesse Delgado (125) ranked the highest at No. 1 in the country. Zane Richards (133) and Jackson Morse (157) are ranked just outside the top-10, while Caleb Ervin (149) and Zac Brunson (157) each take the No. 15 spot. Both Mario Gonzalez (197) and Steven Rodrigues (141) have not competed since the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30, but maintain career high rankings at No. 5 and No. 13, respectively.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
"I'm just going to go out there and wrestle my match and do what I do best," said Delgado. "We're tied at 2-2 and I wrestled him in the national finals. I guess if you could say I had a rival it would be him."
#10 Illinois at Michigan State